A trip through central
Greece will take you through some beautiful landscape, scenery and of
One of the most
sanctuaries in ancient Greece nestled on a hillside was Delphi. The
Greeks also believed that this was the center of the universe.
The first oracle established at Delphi was dedicated to Gea and
The serpent Python was installed in a nearby cave and he communicated
the Pythian preistess. Python in turn was slain by Apollo. To celebrate
this, the Pythian games were established here and took place every 8
Over one thousand years Greeks made their pilgrimage here to seek
directions in matters of war, worship, love or for any other matter
prophecy. Even Alexander the Great came here before his conquest. The
would offer their sacrifice and wait as the Pythian priestess would
her prophecies. A priest would then interpret and relay her chants back
to the pilgrim.
There are many ruins of temples,
treasuries and other buildings on the site. The most important temple
this site is the Temple of Apollo where the oracular chasm or cave
was supposed to be found, though none can be seen. Only the foundations
and a few columns of this temple can still be seen. There is also a
museum on the site with some interesting finds.
Just north of Kalambaka you
will find the monasteries of Meteora. They are really amazing
to see, photograph and visit since they are perched atop virtually
pinnacles of rock. Meteora means 'rocks in the air". The monasteries
churches within are really interesting to visit. It was also here that
a scene from a James Bond movie was filmed in 'For Your Eyes Only'.